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SILVER MAPLE Acer saccharinum
This large shade tree is rarely seen. It is valued for its foliage that appears silver in colour from a distance.
Shade tree: Height 18m (60ft).
Foliage: Leaves are five lobed and deeply cleft giving them a delicate texture. Light green on top side and silver coloured underneath.
Flowers: Small deep red flowers are produced early, before the leaves. Although small they are quite conspicuous.
Fruit: Large fleshy "maple helicopters"; ripen in early June.
Fall Colour: Clear yellow.
Comments: Although winter hardiness may be a problem in rural areas, this stately tree is worthy of trial.